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A Realistic View at 2013: Part III

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    Big game today. Nice to start out with a bang. We really took advantage of some sloppy defense: the sign of a winner.

    Sox4ever

     
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    We're off to a flying start and the one thing I was worried about--sluggish and rusty after layoff--didn't occur.  Actually thought there were moments we were particularly sharp like when Gomes scored on infield hit.  Completely agree with post game comments by Farrell to effect Gomes brought here because he's smart and knows how to leverage situations into winning baseball.  I didn't really get the Gomes signing even though I' ve watched him here in Bay Area in Oakland.  But after watching him all summer there IS SOMETHING about him and the straight numbers don't explain it.  When it matters most, he seems to come up big.  Also Salty seems to be continuing his late season timely hitting.  Team looks focused--go Lackey!

     

    Critter

     
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    We're off to a flying start and the one thing I was worried about--sluggish and rusty after layoff--didn't occur.  Actually thought there were moments we were particularly sharp like when Gomes scored on infield hit.  Completely agree with post game comments by Farrell to effect Gomes brought here because he's smart and knows how to leverage situations into winning baseball.  I didn't really get the Gomes signing even though I' ve watched him here in Bay Area in Oakland.  But after watching him all summer there IS SOMETHING about him and the straight numbers don't explain it.  When it matters most, he seems to come up big.  Also Salty seems to be continuing his late season timely hitting.  Team looks focused--go Lackey!

     

    Critter



    The one thing I did not like today was when Papi and Gomes watched there long fly balls like they were long HRs. Even if they were, I do not like that show-boating, but these weren't even HRs.

    Hard to complain about anything today.

    Lester looked sharp: great sign. He lost his concentration on the bad call before the HR to Rodriguez, but basically, he had 2 bad pitches all day.

     

     
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    Beautiful win today!

    Papi is the man.

     

     

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    This team putting up those numbers against Price gives a lot of confidence going forward. We were weakest against LH pitching and now even that issue has seemingly gone away. This team IS relentless. Best offense in baseball right now. With Cabrera hurt I think we should be favored for at least the AL crown at this point.

    Personally, I like where we are against Tampa right now. Buchholz and Peavy going forward. I hope we close it out in 3. This team as dominated their best 2 pitchers so far. 

     
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    You know what I'd like to see....Nava getting a standing ovation the first time he comes up in the playoffs in Fenway. That's what I'm talking about. What a great tribute that would be for what he has already achieved.

     
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    Wow, they seem like a machine, just ripping pitching and turning dp's on defense.  One sits like someone waiting for a bomb to go off saying when is it going to happen.  Watched A's and Detroit after; admired pitching but frankly was bored by both offenses which couldn't get big hit.

    Critter

     
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    Moon, the one thing that bothered me about Friday's game was Vic not getting down a bunt.  Though usually old school in my outlook, I don't really get bothered by guys watching their HR's.  Of course I'd be peeved if the ball dropped in and they weren't running.  Papi has been doing this so long and when does he really run anyway?  I guess Price is mad but I sort of say so what--no one says anything when pitchers strike a guy out and go through all kinds of histrionics, posture, pound gloves, swear, thrash their arms, and dance off like the Tigers' pitcher did tonight.  For some reason that bothers me more than watching a HR and I also think it adds a little color to the game like the way Beltre swings the bat for example...Pitchers can throw at hitters the next time up but what can hitters do?  I've heard back in the day when players could bunt and you wanted to send a pitcher a message, bunt a slow one down the first base line and clean his clock when he came over to field it...

    Critter

     
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    I was AT last nights game!! man it was amazing. the place was electricity. Our team is firing on all cylinders which is impressive considering the time off for some of these guys. Now we get Buch in game 3 at tampa, against a RHP. You can pretty much call this ALDS a done deal!

    now it's just a matter of who we want to face in the ALCS.. a great rotation and good offense in Detroit or a good rotation and great bullpen in Oakland? Either way, it's gonna be a tough series!

    GO SOX

     

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    In response to jcri's comment:

    Moon, the one thing that bothered me about Friday's game was Vic not getting down a bunt.  Though usually old school in my outlook, I don't really get bothered by guys watching their HR's.  Of course I'd be peeved if the ball dropped in and they weren't running.  Papi has been doing this so long and when does he really run anyway?  I guess Price is mad but I sort of say so what--no one says anything when pitchers strike a guy out and go through all kinds of histrionics, posture, pound gloves, swear, thrash their arms, and dance off like the Tigers' pitcher did tonight.  For some reason that bothers me more than watching a HR and I also think it adds a little color to the game like the way Beltre swings the bat for example...Pitchers can throw at hitters the next time up but what can hitters do?  I've heard back in the day when players could bunt and you wanted to send a pitcher a message, bunt a slow one down the first base line and clean his clock when he came over to field it...

    Critter



    Bunting is not that easy. Shane normally does a good job, but messed up there. Small sample.

    I agree on the new wave of pitcher histrionics being just as bad as HR showboating.

     
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    Tiny two game sample size, but here are the numbers:

    OPS

    1.694 Ortiz

    1.350 Salty

    1.222 Ellsbury

    1.056 Victorino

    .833  Pedroia

    .804 Middlebrooks

    .778  Napoli

    .750  Ross

    .708  Gomes

    .667  Drew

     

    WHIP

    0.000 Uehara

    0.600 Breslow

    0.750 Tazawa

    0.783 Lester

    1.000 Dempster

    1.875 Lackey

     

    In 11.1 IP vs the tough Rays lefty starters, we had 17 hits and 4 BBs and 14 ERs!

    Sox4ever

     
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    Jacoby got 3 hits, but his hardest hit was an out.

    Our fielding hurt us much in the same way it did with the Rays in Boston. Again, further evidence that measuring defense by only by errors made is the ultimate fool's gold.

    Papi: 3 walks.

    Longoria: 0 walks.

    Pedey 0 for 5, failed to get to 1B on the bunt (Napoli's fault as well). The play up the middle (not really Pedey's fault, but still). Tough night for the 2Bman.

    About tonight:

    I think Peavy gives us the win.

    I am surprised the Rays are going with Hellickson. My first choice would be Moore on short rest- he pitched 106 pitches in game 1 (and Price on normal rest for game 5, if needed). My second choice would be Chris Archer.

    Sox4ever

     
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    If Morales gets a QO, Napoli certainly will.

    I doubt the Sox go after a guy like Morales, if we lose a pick to get him.

     

    Kendrys Morales Expected To Reject Qualifying Offer By  Steve Adams [October 8 at 4:41pm CST]

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik recently said that the team will "definitely" make a qualifying offer to designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales this winter, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Morales will likely reject that offer in search of a multi-year deal on the free agent market.

    Morales isn't ruling the Mariners out as a potential landing place on a long-term deal, writes Heyman, nor are the Mariners ruling out agreeing to a multi-year pact with Morales. That may still be the most likely outcome, as Morales' defensive limitations and solid but unspectacular stats may not be a package that teams are anxious to surrender a draft pick to acquire. Last winter, Adam LaRoche struggled to find a lengthy deal after being tied to draft pick compensation, and he was coming off a .271/.343/.510, 33-homer season. Morales, in contrast, hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 home runs, though he's three and a half years younger than LaRoche.

     

    The Mariners showed interest in an extension for Morales over the summer, but he and agent Scott Boras had an asking price that was high enough to prevent the team from even extending a formal offer.

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    Yes, goodbye TB!!!  These last two nail biters may do us more good in the future than those first two clubbings.    ELLS and Vic have been lights out setting the table and  ELLS is my MVP to this point.  Peavey is a beast out there, what an addition.  Now a couple days to relax...

    Critter

     
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    Great game to watch. Xander looked unfazed and ready to contribute more in the future. Solid games by Nava, Victorino, Breslow, Peavy, Koji...etc. 

    The Sox just continue to look like the best team in baseball.

    Did you guys see Reddick's hops on that HR ball. The guy is a tremendous athlete. He's just fun to watch. Too bad he doesn't make more contact. It's amazing how so many of our former players are big time contributors on the Oakland team. Coco was 4-5 today.

     
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    Great game to watch. Xander looked unfazed and ready to contribute more in the future. Solid games by Nava, Victorino, Breslow, Peavy, Koji...etc. 

    The Sox just continue to look like the best team in baseball.

    Did you guys see Reddick's hops on that HR ball. The guy is a tremendous athlete. He's just fun to watch. Too bad he doesn't make more contact. It's amazing how so many of our former players are big time contributors on the Oakland team. Coco was 4-5 today.



    Victorino's RF defense is making us all forget about Reddick.

    I'm glad Bogaerts scored 2 runs last night. Big confidence boost... not that he needed it.

    Nava continues to be an OB machine vs RHPs. I love the Nava-Gomes platoon even more now than I did last spring.

    Salty had a tough night, but still ended up with a .364 OBP this series.

    Pedey had a tough series, but it's nice to see everyone else pick it up.

    The Ellsbury-Victorino 1-2 lead-off punch has been amazing. They both are getting on base at a crazy rate, and then they are reeking havoc on the basepaths afterwards. It seems like Ellsbury is even faster than before the foot injury!

    Lester-Lackey-Buch-Peavy... WOW!

    Breslow-Uehara... Double WOW!

     
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    Moon, I forgot about Reddick the moment he was traded. I always felt Kalish was the better prospect, but health... I think Reddick's 2012 season may be as good as he ever gets, and gold glove aside, he's not in Shane's league defensively in my opinion.

    Everything else in your post is spot on! This entire roster is put together to compete at the highest level in any type of game, slugfest, pitchers' duel, playoffs, regular season. 25 guys and everyone has a role and seems comfortable with their roles.

     
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    Moon, I forgot about Reddick the moment he was traded. I always felt Kalish was the better prospect, but health... I think Reddick's 2012 season may be as good as he ever gets, and gold glove aside, he's not in Shane's league defensively in my opinion.

    Everything else in your post is spot on! This entire roster is put together to compete at the highest level in any type of game, slugfest, pitchers' duel, playoffs, regular season. 25 guys and everyone has a role and seems comfortable with their roles.



    They are even deeper than 25.

    Love this team!

     
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    No doubt they are deeper than 25 Moon, and many more than 25 played a part in their being where they are now. I was simply referring more to the present tense with the 25 number.

     
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    No doubt they are deeper than 25 Moon, and many more than 25 played a part in their being where they are now. I was simply referring more to the present tense with the 25 number.



    Yes, I didn't mean to sound like I was disagreeing with you, I just wanted to add to your point.

    I love the current 25. I wonder if we make any tweaks for the ALCS.

     
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    Reddick is a potential gold glove caliber Right fielder though. The guy can field his position. He had some value. Oakland is in the playoffs largely by picking up our castoffs cheap. Lowrie, Moss, Crisp, Reddick. That's 4 starters right there.

     
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